Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS CLOSES REGULAR SEASON WITH SPLIT AGAINST BABSON
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORES
Game 1 � Tufts 11 Babson
Game 2 � Babson 8 Tufts 3
At Medford, MA
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
|Playing in the last home game of his career
on Seniors' Day,
Ben Simon singled up the middle in the first at bat of his
career in the seventh inning of the second game against Babson
MEDFORD -- Freshman DH Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) led host
Tufts University to a slugfest win in the first game, while visiting
Babson College got on the scoreboard early and often while receiving
a strong start from junior Sam Whelan (Milton, MA) in the nightcap,
as the Jumbos and Beavers split a college baseball double-header at Huskins Field on Sunday afternoon. Tufts won the first game 11-9,
and Babson won the second 8-3.
Pontes and sophomore 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA) both hit
two-run home runs in the bottom of the first in game one to give
Tufts a 4-1 lead. Babson senior shortstop Billy Schmitt (Fairview,
NJ) also went deep in the top of the second to close the gap to 4-3.
The teams kept slugging it out, with Pontes singling home one of two
Jumbo runs in the third, and a five-run Babson fourth inning powered
by a two-run single from sophomore LF Bryan Evans (Bellaire, TX).
Pontes had another RBI single in the bottom of the fourth and the
game was tied at 8-8.
Tufts kept scoring, adding two more runs in the fifth and another in
the sixth. Jumbo pitchers David Gibbs (Harrison, NY) and
Jason Protano (Milford, MA) kept the Beavers at bay, allowing
only one run over the final three innings. Pontes finished 3 for 3
with four RBIs and two runs, while senior 1B Bryan McDavitt
(Holden, MA) was 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Tufts was
out-hit 18-11 by Babson, with sophomore DH Jeff Wojnar (Bellaire,
TX), freshman CF Peter O'Toole (Salem, MA) and Schmitt (3 RBIs)
finishing with three hits apiece.
Game two started in the same fashion on the Babson side. They
roughed up Tufts starter Derek Rice (Braintree, MA), who
didn't get an out in the second and allowed six runs. O'Toole hit a
two-run single in the first and Wojnar drove home a run and scored a
run in a five-run second inning that gave the Beavers an 8-1 lead.
Meanwhile, Whelan was mowing through the Jumbos, allowing just two
hits in the second through sixth innings. He got the first two outs
in the seventh on strikeouts, but couldn't finish the game. After
back-to-back singles and a hit batter, Casey hit a two-run single,
at which time Dave Ahern (Bedford, MA) was called from the bullpen
to get the last out.
O'Toole had three RBIs, while two hits apiece came of the Babson
bats of Wojnar and freshman 3B Jake Bartlett (Weymouth, MA). Whelan
improved to 7-2 overall and finished with 10 strikeouts. Pontes
capped a good day at the plate with two hits in the nightcap, while
sophomore CF Dave Katzman (North Andover, MA) went 2 for 3.
Tufts used six pitchers in the game, with only freshman Jordan
Goldberg (Westborough, MA) going more than one inning.
With eight seniors playing in their final home game on Seniors' Day
at Tufts, head coach John Casey sent Ben Simon (Providence, RI)
up to bat for the first time of his career in the seventh inning. A senior pitcher who
has been out all season with an injury, Simon singled up the middle
and scored one of the team's two runs in the seventh.
With the split, Tufts is now 23-10 and Babson is 25-14. The Jumbos
play in the NESCAC Tournament at Williams next weekend. Babson
awaits a possible at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, or an
ECAC Tournament berth.